E-TC girls overcome horrible start

CHASSELL – One might say that the Ewen-Trout Creek girls basketball team defied the statistical odds Thursday night.

It took the Ontonagon County team nearly 13 minutes to score a single point against Chassell – causing coach Jacky Besonen to scratch her head in frustration.

“We couldn’t get anything going at all,” Besonen said after her team’s 32-26 win at Ed Helakoski Memorial Gym. “I was really disappointed we couldn’t score, but the good thing was that we held Chassell to just 10 points in the first half. That kept us in the game and we finally located the hoop.”

Chassell coach Brandi Hainault was puzzled by her team’s inability to take advantage of the E-TC cold spell in the first half.

“I know that both teams were playing good defense, but we really didn’t take advantage of their cold shooting,” Hainault pointed out. “You can’t win if you don’t score. We just didn’t do anything after getting a 10-0 lead.”

Taylor Niemi gave the visitors their first lead of the night at 26-24 when she converted a lay-up with 2:19 to play.

Zoey McGeshick helped put the lid on the elusive victory by hitting a lay-up and two free throws down the stretch.

“It was nearly identical to the game we played against Chassell at our gym,” Besonen said. “We led the entire game in that one, and they took it away in the last couple of minutes. I guess those things even out.”

The outcome put E-TC at 6-3 on the year, while Chassell slipped to 4-3.

The Blue and Gold seized an 8-0 lead after one quarter as backcourt ace Jamie Dompier scored five points.

But CHS managed just two points in the second frame and E-TC managed to claw to within to 10-7 by the intermission.

CHS appeared to ready to take control in the third period, grabbing a 19-12 lead midway though the quarter. They still held a 22-17 margin at quarter’s end.

“We came out strong in the second half,” Hainault said. “But then we started having trouble getting good shots and kind of crumbled in the end.”

Besonen said that a good defensive effort by Rebekah Dreisenga on Dompier was a key to the win.

“Jamie (Dompier) is a great player, but Rebekah played great defense against her,” she commented.

McGeshick had a solid outing with eight points and nine rebounds, both team-leading totals. Sam Robl put in seven more points, while Brittany Suomumaki came up with six steals.

Dompier led Chassell with seven points and had five steals. Karli Michaels, Kirsten Daavettila and Madeline Huhta each notched five points, with the latter taking down a team-high eight rebounds.

Ewen-TC takes hosts Ontonagon tonight in a county matchup. Chassell will go to Jeffers next Tuesday.